Frisco Teacher Receives Presidential Award

A fifth grade science teacher from Frisco ISD’s Elliott Elementary School was honored in February by the Texas State Board of Education as one of eight state finalists for the 2014 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

It is the second time Nancy Gardner has been named a finalist for the award, which is the highest recognition a mathematics or science teacher may receive for exemplary teaching in the United States. She was also named a finalist in 2012.

“Nancy’s passion for science is evident in her daily instruction,” said Elliott Principal Stacy Mills. “She is constantly reevaluating her own teaching practices and striving to instill that passion in her students. She knows which specific concepts they need help with and adjusts her support to personalize their instruction so that each student not only learns the concepts, but is also motivated and joyful about learning.”

Gardner is a graduate of Frisco High School. She joined the District in 2005 and was named Outstanding Elementary School Science Teacher by the Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT) in 2008.

PAEMST recognizes kindergarten through sixth grade mathematics and science teachers whose innovative methods bring teaching to life in the classroom. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

To achieve recognition through the program, a teacher first must be nominated for the award. A state panel of master teachers, specialists, and administrators reviewed the applications and chose the most outstanding mathematics and science teachers for the National Science Foundation to consider for national awardee status.

After the initial selection process at the state or territorial level, a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators may select one mathematics and one